Meaning of “tropical” in the English Dictionary


"tropical" in English

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uk /ˈtrɒp.ɪ.kəl/ us /ˈtrɑː.pɪ.kəl/

B2 geography, environment from or relating to the area between the two tropics:

tropical fish
a tropical island/region/climate
Leprosy is one of the few tropical diseases which could soon be eradicated.
She specializes in tropical medicine (= the treatment of diseases from the tropical areas of the world).
The Amazon river basin contains the world's largest tropical rainforest.
The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm when its speed dropped to 70mph.
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informal geography, environment extremely hot:

The weather was positively tropical last summer.

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(Definition of “tropical” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tropical" in American English

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tropicaladjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈtrɑp·ɪ·kəl/

of or characteristic of the tropics (= the hottest area of the earth):

a tropical climate
a tropical storm

(Definition of “tropical” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)